Both New Hampshire senators, Gregg and Sununu, voted against
cloture on the Federal Marriage Amendment, helping to seal its doom
for now. This was a switch for Senator Gregg, who voted for
it in 2004. Yay for both of them.
Dafydd proposes an interesting substitute that would protect unwilling states from being forced to accept gay marriage by judicial fiat, while allowing willing states to do so, and decline to accept gay marriage for federal purposes. Maybe next time they'll try something more sensible.
Good WSJ editorial
today on the Death Tax, especially good where it discusses a fact
that makes lefty heads spin: the tax is unpopular among people
(like me, unfortunately) that would never have to pay it:
Americans favor repealing the death tax not because they think it will help them directly. They're more principled than that. Two-thirds of the public wants to repeal it because they think taxing a lifetime of thrift due to the accident of death is unfair, and even immoral. They also understand that the really rich won't pay the tax anyway because they hire lawyers to avoid it.
Also mentioned is a point that relates back to my Paris Hilton post of yesterday:
The American Family Business Institute has found that the bulk of the Hilton estate has long been sheltered from the IRS in tax-free trusts.So even if you have a nasty burning desire to hurt Paris, keeping the estate tax around won't do the job. Sorry. Maybe you could kidnap her stupid little dog instead.
[Yes, I know repeal failed. Sigh.]
If you happen upon a random USB flash drive just
lying around, make like Dionne
Warwick's ex-boyfriend and walk on by. (Via GeekPress.)